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Prevention and control of schistosomiasis: a current perspective

Authors Inobaya M, Olveda R, Chau T, Olveda D, Ross A

Received 29 April 2014

Accepted for publication 12 June 2014

Published 17 October 2014 Volume 2014:5 Pages 65—75


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Marianette T Inobaya,1 Remigio M Olveda,1 Thao NP Chau,3 David U Olveda,2 Allen GP Ross2

1Department of Health, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Muntinlupa City, Philippines; 2Griffith Health Institute, School of Medical Sciences, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Southport, Australia; 3Discipline of Public Health, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Abstract: Schistosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease that ranks second only to malaria in terms of human suffering in the tropics and subtropics. Five species are known to infect man and there are currently over 240 million people infected worldwide. The cornerstone of control to date has been mass drug administration with 40 mg/kg of praziquantel but there are problems with this approach. Human and bovine vaccines are in various stages of development. Integrated control, targeting the life cycle, is the only approach that will lead to sustainability and future elimination.

Keywords: schistosomiais, morbidity, treatment and control, mass drug administration

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